Saturday, December 7
• At 12:43 a.m. police were at the Kwik Trip at Broadway and Mankato streets when they noticed a car without license plates. When they ran a background check on the driver, Dennis Ruiz, 37, of Wilmont, Minn., they found that he had a revoked driver’s license and an outstanding court warrant. Police took Ruiz into custody where they then found several prescription pill bottles in his socks. Ruiz said that he had a prescription for all of the pills, which included 19 Adderall, 7 ampheta, 1 gabapentin, 7 m. amphet, 11 and-a-half pills of hydrocodone-acetaminaphen. Ruiz was referred to the Winona County Attorney for charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
• At 3:00 a.m. police were at Saint Mary’s University campus when they found Jacob Alan Dawson, 20, of Winona, passed out behind the wheel of his car with the motor running. Dawson was referred to the Winona County Attorney for charges of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and had a blood alcohol content of .14 percent.
• At 6:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a stolen billfold at the Saint Mary’s University campus. The victim, a female, reported that she had accidentally dropped her billfold containing her debit card. There were three charges made to her debit card after it was reported stolen, two at Discount Liquor and one at McDonald’s. Police do not have any suspects.
• At 9:54 p.m. police responded to a report of damage to property at the 450 block of East Third Street. The victim, a 33-year-old male from Winona, reported that sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. on the 7th, someone slashed all four tires on his Ram pickup truck and threw a brick through the window of his house. Police do not have any suspects.
Sunday, December 8
• At 1:19 a.m. police were conducting a routine traffic stop at Lake Boulevard and Garvin Heights Road when they noticed that the passenger in the vehicle had an open bottle of beer. Scott Ronald Habeck, 48, of Winona, was cited for an open container in a moving vehicle.
• At 3:30 a.m. police observed what they reported as “suspicious behavior” at Fifth and Center streets. James Thomas Blount McKinley, 20, of Winona, admitted to police that he had been drinking. McKinley was ticketed with underage consumption and had a blood alcohol content of .16 percent.
Monday, December 9
• At 9:59 p.m. police responded to a robbery at the downtown McDonald’s at 172 Main Street. According to the report, a white male with a black ski mask reached through the McDonald’s drive-thru window and took an entire cash drawer, fleeing westbound on foot. The suspect was described as 6 feet or taller with a red baseball cap and green puffer jacket. He had previously walked up to the drive-thru window and tried to order, but was told he would have to go inside to do so. Police estimate at least $245 was taken. Police do not have any suspects.
Tuesday, December 10
• At 2:00 a.m. a police officer observed a vehicle eastbound on Fourth Street with its interior light on and a tail light burned out. The suspect, Andrew Michael Clemans, 21, of Winona, then parked the vehicle on the wrong side for alternate parking on Fourth and Wilson streets. After parking, Clemans got out and fell up against the car. The officer instructed Clemans to park on the other side of the road, but the suspect kept walking, so the officer wrote him a ticket and placed it on the car. Clemans then came back and drove away without his headlights on, and the officer followed, activating his sirens. Clemans pulled into the parking lot at 601 Main Street. The officer noticed that his eyes were red and watery, that he allegedly smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred. After Clemans refused to take a field sobriety test and denied he had been drinking, he was placed under arrest. Police also found a controlled substance in the vehicle’s glove box. Clemans was referred to the Winona County Attorney for charges of third-degree driving while intoxicated, fleeing in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Saturday, December 7
• At about 2:00 p.m. deputies received a report of a one-vehicle accident in Houston County’s Pines Creek that involved a missing driver. Deputies joined Winona County ground search, La Crescent Fire Department ground search and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter in search of David Weygel of La Crescent. Deputies were concerned for Weygel because his footprints were moving away from the accident scene towards the hillside and temperatures were growing colder. After five hours of searching the countryside, Weygel was found in La Crosse, Wis., after he called a friend and received a ride.